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Interesting piece on the BBC News site about this. Worrying thing is that if Singapore can't make it work then there is precious little hope that anyone else can, let alone us.


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-53114251
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Absolutely we haven't got a hope in hell.
Like face coverings on buses, they all get on with them, pull them down under their chin to talk to each other or on the phone, so a bit pointless
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bigyetiman wrote:
Sun Jun 21, 2020 6:23 am
Absolutely we haven't got a hope in hell.
Like face coverings on buses, they all get on with them, pull them down under their chin to talk to each other or on the phone, so a bit pointless
It may at least keep you safe.
In the early days in my local chemist's shop one of the counter assistants would wear her mask talking to me but have it down around her chin when in the dispensing area behind the public counter! :-)19
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How quickly things move on. We were told originally that face masks helped to prevent you infecting others but did nothing to protect you. This was the best scientific opinion. However ‘scientific opinion’ in other countries was different.
So were our scientists inept? Were the scientists in other countries inept? Or was the government lying to us?
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Or all three?
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From what I can tell the early advice on face masks was aimed directly at stopping a run on masks by the public which would leave shortages for medical professionals. That is presumably why when the WHO finally changed its guidance it still stressed "non medical fabric coverings".

People today enjoy laughing at 16th century physicians with their leeches, mercury and four humours but forget that in their time they were the "experts". It seems perfectly plausible that in a couple of centuries people will be laughing their arses off at some of the theories that medical science put forward today. We are probably guilty of believing we are a bit more advanced than we actually are and perhaps expecting a bit too much.
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Some people way down the lane from us with more money than sense, believe me. Have bought £50 face masks encrusted with Swarovski crystals :-)19 :-)19 More of a fashion statement than offering protection I would have thought.
Still their 3 children will look fab in their brand new Porsches going out in them. O no they wont as they have tinted windows so we wont see.
They have a Rolls Royce with the interior encrusted with the crystals as well. The kids each got a Porsche for passing their driving tests, and a Mercedes each as an 18th present
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OMG!
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bigyetiman wrote:
Mon Jun 22, 2020 12:15 pm
Some people way down the lane from us with more money than sense, believe me. Have bought £50 face masks encrusted with Swarovski crystals :-)19 :-)19 More of a fashion statement than offering protection I would have thought.
Still their 3 children will look fab in their brand new Porsches going out in them. O no they wont as they have tinted windows so we wont see.
They have a Rolls Royce with the interior encrusted with the crystals as well. The kids each got a Porsche for passing their driving tests, and a Mercedes each as an 18th present
I take it you’re being satirical. At least I hope so.
If the compulsory wearing of face masks in shops comes to Scotland then I have a ready supply of old underpants to wear over my head. There you go. No sewing or alterations necessary. OK, not the height of fashion or a display of wealth but I gave up on that game long ago. And somewhat Salvador Dali or perhaps Herbert out of Family Guy.
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Back in March, before the lockdown, I could see which way things were going and so I bought a packet of masks for us on Amazon which claimed to give full protection against the virus. I put the packet away and haven’t needed to use them because we haven’t been anywhere in company with others. Except for when I had that very high temperature, around the time of the virus peak, and called 111 and I tried to wear one when the on-call doctor arrived. I found that I simply couldn’t get it to stay on round my right ear. The left ear was OK but although apparently symmetrical, the mask just wouldn’t lodge behind the other ear. So I had to try to hold it in place whilst talking to the doc.
Subsequently I found that all the masks in the pack were the same so I suppose I have a peculiar ear. I’ve now adapted one of them with different elastic round the back, for emergency use, but now I gather that it’s unacceptable to use surgical grade masks and you’re supposed to make an almost totally ineffective cloth ‘face covering’ as the shortage of PPE continues (with or without Swarovski crystals) and we have to sacrifice ourselves in order to satisfy the mantra ‘Save the NHS!’
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